Fire officials say 'Change your clock, change your batteries'

Turn and Test as Daylight Saving Time Ends

Change your clocks, change your batteries

Daylight saving time came to a close at 2 a.m. Sunday, which means it's time to set your clocks back one hour if you haven't already.

The change shifts one hour of daylight to the morning from the evening.

"Every time change is an opportunity to educate the community about the importance of changing and testing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms " said Fire Chief John Hay.

Online it states "The primary goal of Daylight Saving Time is to conserve energy but whether DST actually saves energy is unclear and there are many contradictory studies".

By now, you have hopefully already turned your clocks back an hour.

It's also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.

Remember if you rent it is your landlord's responsibility to provide working alarms, but it is your responsibility to ensure those alarms have working batteries.

Replace the batteries at least once every year. Dead batteries caused almost a quarter of smoke alarm failures. Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested. On Nov. 4, volunteers will canvas neighborhoods in Rowlett checking and installing smoke and CO alarms, and handing out batteries during the fall Community Safety and Smoke Alarm Blitz.

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